Birra Poretti is an Italian restaurant with Irish influence and the only location in Houston is conveniently located downtown near the theatre district, which makes it great for a pre-theatre dinner or appetizer or post-theatre dinner. The venue is located at 500 Louisiana at the corner of Prairie and the hours of operations are from Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to midnight and they also offer a Sunday brunch until 3 p.m. with bottomless Bellini’s or mimosas.
They have a good wine list to choose from, if you go by the glass get a pinot grigio for $7.50, or a Concannon Petite Sirah for $10.00 or even a Chianti for $7.25. For their appetizers you can go with the Tuscan bean soup for $5.50, or the seafood duet which are two crab cakes and two bacon wrapped shrimp for $9.95 or even the stuffed mushroom caps for $6.95, or even some escargots for $8.95.
While for their house specialties go with la dolce vita which are veal scallopini layered with an eggplant parmigiana and a choice of pasta or mashed potatoes for $17.95, or the grilled chicken and Italian sausage served with spinach fettuccine Alfredo for $13.95 or even the pollo poretti which is roasted chicken with herb chesses and wrapped crepe style with a pesto sauce for $12.95.
If you prefer pasta then go with the linguini with clams in a white sauce for $12.95, or the jumbo cheese ravioli with your choice of either pesto or meat sauce for $9.50, or go with something different like the Marco Polo which is cappellini with sautéed shrimp and grilled chicken in a spicy Thai sauce for $12.95, and if you are seafood lover then go with the almond crusted tilapia or the crab cakes for $16.95.
The prices of the restaurant are average for the location and the presentation of the venue so they get a B+, plus the portions tend to be generous and in fact you could probably share most of their entrées if you wish. The food itself is not bad, I would not call it authentic Italian however it has flair and the pasta is not overcooked and their seafood dishes are moist so the food also gets a B+. As far as the service goes, it gets a solid B, as it is good but not too exceptional for the venue.